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Difference between singles and doubles nets?

Yesterday when I was watching the Wimbledon Centre Court celebrations, the commentator was saying that the ball boys are "changing the net from the doubles to a singles" one.

I wonder is there any difference between the nets? Looks kinda similiar to me....

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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

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Yesterday when I was watching the Wimbledon Centre Court celebrations, the commentator was saying that the ball boys are "changing the net from the doubles to a singles" one.

I wonder is there any difference between the nets? Looks kinda similiar to me....
Could be something different for the sponsors/media, like different big logos stuck on the outsides.

Regulation net itself is same for singles and doubles.
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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

The net is same for singles and doubles I think
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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

Single nets only extend from the middle of one tram line to the other middle of the tram line. The double nets extend beyond both of the most outer limits of tennis court.

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Single nets only extend from the middle of one tram line to the other middle of the tram line. The double nets extend beyond both of the most outer limits of tennis court.
Now I know why Federer can hit those "past the post" shots easily. I never expected there was a difference after all...

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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

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Single nets only extend from the middle of one tram line to the other middle of the tram line. The double nets extend beyond both of the most outer limits of tennis court.

What? I've never seen nets changed between singles and doubles. Is that at certain venues, or certain types of tournaments, that you are speaking of? Or have I totally missed something happening right before my eyes?
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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

The doubles net is longer.
Usually if there is going to be singles and doubles played on the same court, there will be a doubles net there but there will be additional net posts in the middle of the doubles alley to make the height mimic that of a singles net (if singles is being played).
When It's time for doubles, they take the singles net posts off.
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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

Yep. The infamous "singles sticks."

One of these days I'll have actually learn the section of the rules dealing with those. None of the tournaments I work bother with singles sticks.

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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

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What? I've never seen nets changed between singles and doubles. Is that at certain venues, or certain types of tournaments, that you are speaking of? Or have I totally missed something happening right before my eyes?
Yes it is at certain venues only because some tournaments (most I think) think it is a very minor rule so they can't be bothered changing it. I think a tournament like Wimbledon would observe it though.

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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

singles:



doubles:



I hope you can see the difference
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I hope you can see the difference
Yeah...

Still I don't understand why they make it longer... are they afraid players will keep doing the "round the post" shot often?

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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

A singles court is 27 feet wide, a doubles court is 36 feet wide. Regulation net posts should be 3 feet outside the court on either side, so in a doubles match they should be further apart than in a singles match.

The net posts are 3 1/2 feet tall and the net should be 3 feet tall at the centre. This means that if a doubles net is being used for a singles match you must insert singles posts 3 feet outside the edge of the singles court to make the net the correct height.

At most tournaments they just have a doubles net so they don't have the hassle of changing it. Also the sponsors nowadays like to put their advertising on the net. This is why you're not likely to see Federer do a round the post shot unless he's at Wimbledon where they do use the correct sized net.
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Still I don't understand why they make it longer...
Wimbledon rocks... other tournaments are lazy.

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Re: Difference between singles and doubles nets?

some tourns play singles matches with doubles netposts up

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So many tennis fans don't know whats going on
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